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Indian Music, vocal and instrumental music of India, making up a mosaic of different genres and levels of sophistication. At one extreme, classical music is performed in the urban concert halls for purely artistic reasons, and, at the other, many kinds of functional rural musics accompany life-cycle and agricultural rites. In between are many other musical genres of different regions of the country, reflecting the diversity of its peoples, their lifestyles, and their languages.


Jairazbhoy, Nazir A., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Department of Ethnomusicology, University of California, Los Angeles. Past President, Society for Ethnomusicology.

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Indian Music, classical music, diversity, lifestyles, extreme, country, languages

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